Saturday, September 27, 2008
Point on Last Night [Rick Brookhiser]A friend writes:This is a 57 states moment.Here is the transcript:Obama:
"...we’ holding assets long enough that eventually taxpayers get it
back and that happened during the Great Depression when Roosevelt
purchased a whole bunch of homes,"Obama is talking about the present bailout that will return a profit - only problem is that FDR never did such a thing.Gaffe city? Jonah? Amity?
And speaking of Biden... [Yuval Levin]
At a rally on Thursday in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden told his audience that John McCain, through his health care plan, is:
proposing the largest increase on middle class taxpayers in American history....It will cost the middle class over one trillion dollars in additional taxes. So ladies and gentlemen it’s almost unbelievable, you almost don’t believe what I’m telling you, because it sounds so wrong.
It is indeed unbelievable because it is in fact completely wrong. Even The Washington Post's Fact Checker column can’t find an excuse for the claim, and gives Biden the full four Pinocchios, while explaining that actually:
By most independent calculations, the McCain plan will leave most taxpayers better off in strictly financial terms, at least until 2013. After 2013, the benefits will begin to diminish. By 2018, taxpayers in the top quintile will be slightly worse off, but middle-income taxpayers will either break even or be slightly ahead.
They’ll have more affordable, portable, and reliable health coverage too.
My Way News - Obama, McCain argue over war, taxes in 1st debateObama, McCain argue over war, taxes in 1st debate
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By CHRISTOPHER WILLS
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - In a faceoff that returned again and again to judgment, John McCain portrayed himself as a battle-tested elder running against a naive rookie, while Barack Obama suggested the Republican is a hothead who made the wrong choices on the Iraq war, corporate taxes and more.
Friday, September 26, 2008
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Joe Biden has met with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili (sah-kahsh-VIH'-leh) in Milwaukee.
Photographers took pictures of the pair at the start of the meeting, but reporters weren't allowed into the session. Phil Walzak, a spokesman for Barack Obama's campaign, calls it a private meeting between the Democratic vice presidential candidate and a head of state.
Earlier this week, reporters were initially barred from meetings between Biden's Republican counterpart, Sarah Palin, and world leaders. But the restriction was later dropped. Walzak is rejecting any comparisons between the two situations.
Asked why she only obtained a passport last year, Palin said, "I'm not one of those who maybe came from a background of, you know, kids who perhaps graduate college and their parents give them a passport and give them a backpack and say go off and travel the world. No, I've worked all my life. In fact, I usually had two jobs all my life until I had kids. I was not a part of, I guess, that culture."
What an arrogant and snobbish question from Couric. I guess if you don't have a passport you are not qualified for any job.
2 terrorist suspects arrested on KLM flight - Yahoo! News2 terrorist suspects arrested on KLM flight
By NICOLE LANGE, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 56 minutes ago
COLOGNE, Germany - German police boarded a plane at Cologne airport and arrested two terrorist suspects Friday just before the plane took off for Amsterdam.
A 23-year-old Somali man and a 24-year-old German man born in Somalia were arrested before the KLM flight left the airport, a spokeswoman for North Rhine-Westphalia state police said.
Police spokeswoman Katharina Breuer told The Associated Press that officers boarded the plane at 6:55 a.m. (0455 GMT) and arrested the men without incident. She said authorities do not think the men planned to hijack the flight.
Germany's top-selling Bild newspaper, citing police sources, said the men had been under observation for months and a suicide note was found in their apartment saying that they wanted to die for the "jihad" or "holy war."
Breuer would not disclose how authorities knew the men would be on board.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
At today's cabinet meeting, John McCain did not attack any proposal or endorse any plan. John McCain simply urged that for any proposal to enjoy the confidence of the American people, stressing that all sides would have to cooperate and build a bipartisan consensus for a solution that protects taxpayers.
However, the Democrats allowed Senator Obama to run their side of the meeting. That did not work as the meeting quickly devolved into a contentious shouting match that did not seek to craft a bipartisan solution.
Interesting since the Dems have been trying to trash McCain all day by claiming a deal had been struck shortly after McCain arrived to later saying he disrupted the meeting while others said he didn't say much except to push the alternative deal. And then later on two unnamed Dems claimed McCain was acting erratically. Now Johnny Mac says the Obama run meeting was a disaster.
"He has been pretty erratic – there's no other way to describe what we've seen out of this guy in the last week," an Obama aide said of McCain's conduct during the financial crisis.
Another Democratic official cited McCain's "erratic, all over the map response to the economic crisis."
As opposed to Obama's "call me if you need me" response. Yeah...ok.
Countrywide Made Home Loans to Gorelick, Mudd - WSJ.comCountrywide Made Home Loans to Gorelick, Mudd
Leading Democrat, Ousted Fannie Chief Deny Any Favoritism
By GLENN R. SIMPSON
Countrywide Financial Corp., the biggest U.S. mortgage lender, made large, previously undisclosed home loans to two additional executives of Fannie Mae, the government-chartered firm at the center of the U.S. credit crisis.
One of Countrywide's previously undisclosed customers at Fannie was Jamie Gorelick, an influential Democratic Party figure whose $960,000 mortgage refinancing in 2003 was handled through a program reserved for influential figures and friends of Countrywide's chief executive at the time, Angelo Mozilo. Ms. Gorelick was Fannie Mae's vice chairman at the time.
[Former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, listening to testimony on Capitol Hill in April, got a Countrywide refinancing while at Fannie Mae.] Associated Press
Former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, listening to testimony on Capitol Hill in April, got a Countrywide refinancing while at Fannie Mae.
Another Countrywide client was recently ousted Fannie Mae Chief Executive Daniel Mudd, though it isn't clear whether he received special treatment on two $3 million mortgage refinancings he made when he was the company's chief operating officer.
In an interview, Ms. Gorelick said she had no knowledge of receiving special treatment. A financial adviser to Mr. Mudd said he received interest rates in line with the prevailing market.
The Fannie loans -- including a series of already reported preferential loans to former Fannie chief executives James Johnson and Franklin Raines -- underscore the close connections between Countrywide and Fannie Mae and raise potential conflict-of-interest issues.
Countrywide loans on preferential terms to influential figures are the subject of a federal grand jury investigation in Los Angeles, according to people involved in the inquiry. Prosecutors subpoenaed records of many of the so-called "Friends of Angelo" loans in August, lawyers and others familiar with the matter said.
A Fannie Mae spokesman declined to comment for this article.
The National Enquirer is still flogging the Palin had an affair story. No I'm not linking it, look it up. They can, apparently, as they have someone on the record. Someone on the "inside," I guess??However, Hanson family insider, Jim Burdett, has gone on the record and passed a rigorous polygraph test, revealing details of the affair to The NATIONAL ENQUIRER in a world exclusive interview.
Burdett is a former brother-in-law of Hanson’s estranged wife Carolyn's brother, Craig Batton, and still speaks with many family members.
I have to write this out to connect the dots - Palin to alleged paramour, to alleged paramour's estranged wife, to alleged paramour's estranged wife's brother, to alleged paramour's estranged wife's brother's wife, to alleged paramour's estranged wife's brother's wife's sister, to alleged paramour's estranged wife's brother's wife's sister's brother? (former husband?) Hell, I'm not even sure that's it.
And according to Gawker he's a broke ex-con.He's the ex-con former brother-in-law of Brad Hanson's wife Carolyn's brother Craig Bratton, and boy is he a piece of work. Served three years in some unspecified clink for some sort of "theft," he filed for bankruptcy in 2001, he supposedly "turned his life around" and now "speaks regularly with family members"
I think they might have been better off just going with anonymous on this one. But at least we know Andrew Sullivan will buy it.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"An Obama campaign official told ABC News the Democratic presidential candidate called McCain this morning to suggest a joint statement of principles.
McCain called back this afternoon and suggested returning to Washington.
Obama is willing to return to Washington "if it would be helpful." But reiterated Obama intends to debate on Friday."
A joint statement is not the same as suspending your campaign and going back to Washington to do your job, you are a US Senator, are you not?
Ok...who are you going to debate? Joe Biden?
"Now, a correction. Last week, the Early Show aired an segment on an outfit Cindy McCain wore during the Republican National Convention. We estimated the total cost was more than $300,000. It turns out that dress is off-the-rack and the pearl necklace is not real. We regret the error."
“I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me,” McCain planned to say in New York City, according to advance excerpts released by his campaign. “I am calling on the president to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.”
However a senior Obama campaign official said Obama "intends to debate. The debate is on."
Biden, Obama helped keep 'Bridge to Nowhere' alive - CNN.com
Biden, Obama helped keep 'Bridge to Nowhere' alive
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* Joe Biden, Barack Obama voted to kill a Senate amendment diverting bridge funding
* Both voted for final transportation bill that included the $223 million bridge earmark
* Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere" has been used by Dems to mock Gov. Sarah Palin
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DEWEY BEACH, Delaware (CNN) -- Although Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden routinely mocks his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for her onetime support of the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere," Biden and his running mate voted to keep the project alive twice.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Washington on Tuesday.
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden campaigns in Washington on Tuesday.
Both Biden and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama voted to kill a Senate amendment that would have diverted federal funding for the bridge to repair a Louisiana span badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Senate records show.
And both voted for the final transportation bill that included the $223 million earmark for the Alaska project.
An amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, would have stripped the money appropriated to connect the Alaskan coastal city of Ketchikan to its airport on sparsely populated Gravina Island and diverted the money to Louisiana.
But Biden andObama and 80 of their colleagues rejected the measure, an amendment to a massive 2005 transportation bill that funded thousands of projects across the country.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Below is a Statement from Senator Barack Obama on President Ahmadinejad’s Remarks
“I strongly condemn President Ahmadinejad’s outrageous remarks at the United Nations, and am disappointed that he had a platform to air his hateful and anti-Semitic views. The threat from Iran’s nuclear program is grave. Now is the time for Americans to unite on behalf of the strong sanctions that are needed to increase pressure on the Iranian regime.
“Once again, I call upon Senator McCain to join me in supporting a bipartisan bill to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by allowing states and private companies to divest from companies doing business in Iran. The security of our ally Israel is too important to play partisan politics, and it is deeply disappointing that Senator McCain and a few of his allies in Congress feel otherwise,” said Senator Barack Obama.
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed," Biden told Couric. "He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"
One little problem, Hoover was president and TVs were mostly experimental in 1929.
CNN's Commitment to Equality
By Brian C. Ledbetter · Tuesday, September 23. 2008 11:35
CNN is genuinely fair and balanced, says anchor Rick Sanchez. The proof?
Negative stories aired about B. Hussein Obama: 43
Negative stories aired about Sarah "Cooties" Palin: 22
See? 43 is bigger than 22.
That ought to convince all of us neanderthal conservatives about how pure and holy CNN's dedication to being fair is.*
*Oh wait, I reckon I did neglect to share one key detail with you, didn't I?
Obama has been campaigning for 19 months, during which those 43 stories were generated. Which makes for roughly (43 stories / 82 weeks) a half of a negative story per week.
Sarah Palin, as you'll recall, was announced three weeks ago, which means she's up to (22 stories / 3 weeks) 7.3 negative stories per week—Which rounds to roughly one negative story PER DAY.
Rick, your dedication to fairness is certainly inflated. Much like your ego.
(Thanks to HD1200 for the amusement.)
"But it's the kind of thing that drives people crazy about
politics," Lauer said. "It sounds like you were trying to score some
political points against John McCain using his words, when your own
running mate had used very similar words."
"No, hold on a second Matt," Obama said. "I think what drives people
crazy about politics is the fact that somebody like John McCain who for
26 years has been an advocate for deregulation, for 26 years has said
the market is king and then starts going out there suggesting somehow
that he's a populist who's been railing against Wall Street and
regulation -- that's what drives people crazy about politics."
- He contradicted his own ticket's position on clean coal technology.
- He said the "McCain can't email" ad was terrible he wouldn't have done it, even though he had never seen it.
- He said he didn't support the AIG bailout even though Obama did.
- He stated that Obama's not gonna take away his Berreta and said "don't buy that malarkey."
- He lied again about being forced down in Afghanistan when he implied it was due to hostile Taliban when in fact it was due to a snow storm according to John Kerry who was also on the trip.
- He said that President Roosevelt went on TV in 1929 and told everyone about the financial crash. Hoover was president and there was no TV in 1929.
Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools - WSJ.com
Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools
By STANLEY KURTZ
Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.
The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. Among other feats, Mr. Ayers and his cohorts bombed the Pentagon, and he has never expressed regret for his actions. Barack Obama's first run for the Illinois State Senate was launched at a 1995 gathering at Mr. Ayers's home.
The Obama campaign has struggled to downplay that association. Last April, Sen. Obama dismissed Mr. Ayers as just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood," and "not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis." Yet documents in the CAC archives make clear that Mr. Ayers and Mr. Obama were partners in the CAC. Those archives are housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago and I've recently spent days looking through them.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Gateway Pundit: Dems Block Iraq Oil Deals With US... Block Drilling Off US Coast
Dems Block Iraq Oil Deals With US... Block Drilling Off US Coast
For 30 years Democrats have blocked domestic energy development.
Why is America NOT energy independent?
Because, over the past 30 years:
Democrats have blocked the development of new sources of petroleum.
Democrats have blocked drilling in ANWR.
Democrats have blocked drilling off the coast of Florida.
Democrats have blocked drilling off of the east coast.
Democrats have blocked drilling off of the west coast.
Democrats have blocked drilling off the Alaskan coast.
Democrats have blocked building oil refineries.
Democrats have blocked clean nuclear energy production.
Democrats have blocked clean coal production.
Palin hacker's IP address linked to Tenn. student's apartment,
Proxy service operator confirms IP address of hacker belongs to ISP that provides service to apartment searched by FBI
By Gregg Keizer
September 22, 2008 (Computerworld) The man who traced the IP address of the hacker who accessed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's e-mail account last week confirmed today that it belongs to an Illinois company that provides Internet service to the Knoxville, Tenn., apartment complex where the FBI served a search warrant early Sunday.
Gabriel Ramuglia, the webmaster of Ctunnel, an Athens, Ga.-based proxy service used by the hacker to mask his or her identity, acknowledged that the IP address he found in his server logs belongs to Pavlov Media, an Internet service provider based in Champaign, Ill.
CNN Poll: GOP takes brunt of blame for economy, Obama gains « - Blogs from CNN.comCNN Poll: GOP takes brunt of blame for economy, Obama gains
WASHINGTON (CNN) – A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll suggests that by a 2-to-1 margin, Americans blame Republicans over Democrats for the financial crisis that has swept across the country the past few weeks — one factor that may have contributed to an apparent increase in Barack Obama’s edge over John McCain in the race for the White House.
To see who really is to blame for this mess you need look no futher than Investors Business Daily;
Congress Tries To Fix What It Broke
By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 4:20 PM PT
Regulation: As the financial crisis spreads, denials on Capitol Hill grow more shrill. Blame an aloof President Bush, greedy Wall Street, risky capitalism — anybody but those in Congress who wrote the banking rules.
Such denials won't hold against the angry facts banging on their doors. The only question is whether the guilty party can keep up the barricade until Election Day.
A visibly annoyed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected suggestions that Democrats share blame for the meltdown. "No," she snapped at reporters who dared ask.
Stick to our narrative, she scolded: The bursting of the housing bubble was another story of market failure and deregulation.
"The American people are not protected from the risk-taking and the greed of these financial institutions," she said, while calling for investigations of the industry.
Only, the risk-taking was her idea — and the idea of all the other Democrats, along with a handful of Republicans, who over the past 30 years have demonized lenders as racist and passed regulation after regulation pressuring them to make more loans to unqualified borrowers in the name of diversity.
They were the ones who screamed — "REDLINING!" — and sent banks scurrying for cover in low-income neighborhoods, where they have been forced to lower long-held industry standards for judging creditworthiness to make the subprime loans.
If they don't comply, they are threatened with stiff penalties under the Community Reinvestment Act, or CRA, a law that forces banks to make home loans to people with poor credit risks.
And more from Bloomberg.
Media Caught Fabricating White Racists?
A quote attributed to Sandra Cichon, a private citizen, is spreading across the internet as a living example of White Racism. Did a reporter put words in this woman’s mouth?
An article in the St. Petersberg Times, quotes Cichon as having said, “I can't imagine having a black president . . .”
In a phone interview Saturday, Sandra Cichon of Spring Hill, Florida denied that she ever spoke with any pollster or reporter concerning Obama or about anything regarding race. Cichon was taken by surprise when phoned by this reporter, and she was not aware that she had been quoted in any newspaper.
More than a third of all white Democrats and independents — voters Obama can’t win the White House without — agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks, according to the survey, and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don’t have such views…
Lots of Republicans harbor prejudices, too, but the survey found they weren’t voting against Obama because of his race. Most Republicans wouldn’t vote for any Democrat for president — white, black or brown.
Not all whites are prejudiced. Indeed, more whites say good things about blacks than say bad things, the poll shows. And many whites who see blacks in a negative light are still willing or even eager to vote for Obama.
On the other side of the racial question, the Illinois Democrat is drawing almost unanimous support from blacks, the poll shows, though that probably wouldn’t be enough to counter the negative effect of some whites’ views.
Race is not the biggest factor driving Democrats and independents away from Obama. Doubts about his competency loom even larger, the poll indicates.
More than a quarter of all Democrats expressed doubt that Obama can bring about the change they want, and they are likely to vote against him because of that…
Still, the effects of whites’ racial views are apparent in the polling.
Statistical models derived from the poll suggest that Obama’s support would be as much as 6 percentage points higher if there were no white racial prejudice.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Palin draws crowd of 60,000 in The Villages | news-press.com | The News-Press
Palin draws crowd of 60,000 in The Villages
By Bill Cotterell • news-press.com capital bureau • September 21, 2008
THE VILLAGES -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told wildly cheering, flag-waving, chanting supporters that John McCain is "the only great man in this race" and promised Sunday he will fix the nation's economy if voters give the GOP four more years in the White House.
"He won't say this, so I'll say it for him," the Alaska governor said in an almost confidential tone at the close of her first Florida stump speech. "There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you. John McCain wore the uniform of his country for 22 years -- talk about tough."
The Villages, a vast, upscale planned community north of Orlando, has about 70,000 mostly adult residents -- many of them military retirees -- who vote reliably Republican in statewide races. Tens of thousands inched along roads into the picturesque town square of the complex, where they stood in sweltering heat for about four hours as local GOP officials and a country band revved up the crowd.
"Sa-Rah! Sa-Rah!" they chanted at every mention of her name, applauding loudly and waiving tiny American flags that were distributed -- along with free water bottles -- by local volunteers. The fire chief estimated the crowd at 60,000.
Closing the Whopper Gap
By Ruth Marcus
Monday, September 22, 2008; Page A15
The symmetry of sin is suddenly looking more equal. Last week, I flayed John McCain for dishonesty -- flagrant and repeated dishonesty -- about Barack Obama's proposals. Obama was by no means blameless, I argued, but his lapses were nowhere near as egregious as his opponent's. I stand by everything I wrote.
But a series of new Obama attacks requires a rebalancing of the scales: Obama has descended to similarly scurrilous tactics on the stump and on the air. On immigration, Obama is running a Spanish-language ad that unfairly lumps McCain together with Rush Limbaugh -- and quotes Limbaugh out of context. On health care, Obama misleadingly accuses McCain of wanting to impose a $3.6 trillion tax hike on employer-provided insurance.
Obama has been furthest out of line, however, on Social Security, stooping to the kind of scare tactics he once derided.
The World - Back in Iraq, Jarred by the Calm - NYTimes.comBAGHDAD — At first, I didn’t recognize the place.
On Karada Mariam, a street that runs over the Tigris River toward the Green Zone, the Serwan and the Zamboor, two kebab places blown up by suicide bombers in 2006, were crammed with customers. Farther up the street was Pizza Napoli, the Italian place shut down in 2006; it, too, was open for business. And I’d forgotten altogether about Abu Nashwan’s Wine Shop, boarded up when the black-suited militiamen of the Mahdi Army had threatened to kill its owners. There it was, flung open to the world.
Two years ago, when I last stayed in Baghdad, Karada Mariam was like the whole of the city: shuttered, shattered, broken and dead.
Abu Nawas Park — I didn’t recognize that, either. By the time I had left the country in August 2006, the two-mile stretch of riverside park was a grim, spooky, deserted place, a symbol for the dying city that Baghdad had become.
These days, the same park is filled with people: families with children, women in jeans, women walking alone. Even the nighttime, when Iraqis used to cower inside their homes, no longer scares them. I can hear their laughter wafting from the park. At sundown the other day, I had to weave my way through perhaps 2,000 people. It was an astonishing, beautiful scene — impossible, incomprehensible, only months ago.
From The Jawa Report;
September 21, 2008
If you liked Donald Rumsfeld's Iraq Strategy, You'll Love Barack Obama
I meant to write something on this a couple of week's ago after watching the Frontline special on the Iraq War. The point made in the PBS documentary was that Donald Rumsfeld's Iraq strategy was no different than that of Barack Obama's: get a "political solution", and then get the hell out.
It turns out, according the the documentary, that it was Condi Rice that pushed for the "clear, hold, & build" strategy. In my imagination, fed by MSM stories of the blood thirsty Rumsfeld, the SecDef wanted an indefinite commitment to Iraq while Rice wanted to get us out. Not so, apparently.
Here's a story from the WSJ on why the surge worked. You really should read it, but here's a teaser:For the next three years, Donald Rumsfeld and the senior generals pushed a "short-war" scenario, "which was to get a political solution quickly, transition to the Iraqis security quickly, and get out," says Gen. Keane. "It didn't work." ....Barry O likes to talk up the fact that he was against the war when it wasn't the cool thing to do. Someday history may record that he was on the right side, if not the popular one.
In late 2006, after the midterm election debacle for Republicans, pressure rose for a quick if dishonorable exit from Iraq. Gen. Keane met Frederick Kagan, who was putting together a report on an alternative strategy for Iraq at the American Enterprise Institute. On Dec. 11, both men found themselves at the White House to push the plan. Congress, the Joint Chiefs, Iraq commander Gen. George Casey and the Iraq Study Group all wanted a fast drawdown. President Bush ignored their advice. Gen. Petraeus was sent out in February to oversee the new, risky and politically unpopular surge.
But he was on the side of popular opinion when it came to supporting the Iraq Study Group's disastrous recommendations. And he opposed the surge. Just like Donald Rumsfeld.
If he had such prophetic foresight why did he not back the surge when it was still unpopular?
You know the only thing the two policies --the war and the surge -- have in common? They're both Bush's. Obama likes to call opposition to them wisdom and vision. Normally we just call it crass partisanship.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Rangel pays IRS, complains of 'guerrilla war'
By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 19, 6:08 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Rep. Charles Rangel wrote six checks for about $10,800 in back taxes, and then penned an open letter to New Yorkers Friday, saying he has done nothing dishonorable and is the target of a GOP "guerrilla war."
Rangel, the dean of the New York congressional delegation, has faced a string of embarrassing revelations — he didn't pay taxes on rental income for a beach house in the Dominican Republic; he used three rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem, including one for a campaign office; he used his congressional stationery to drum up private donations to a college center named after him.
He ended up writing a number of checks to cover taxes due on his 2004, 2005, and 2006 returns, related to the unreported rental income, said his chief of staff, George Dalley.
Sources tell CBS 2 HD that a decision to disinvite Palin from the high profile rally after Clinton pulled out in a huff came as the result of intense pressure from Democrats.
“This is insulting. This is embarrassing, especially to Gov. Palin, to me and I think it should be to every single New Yorker,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, told CBS 2 HD.
Sources say the axes were out for Palin as soon as Sen. Clinton pulled out because she did not want to attend the same event as the Republican vice presidential candidate…
The groups sponsoring the rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking at the UN were reportedly told, “it could jeopardize their tax exempt status” if they had Palin and not Clinton or Democratic VP candidate Joe Biden on hand…
“It’s an absolute shame that this has happened,” Hikind said. “To threaten organizations … to threaten the Conference of Presidents that if you don’t withdraw the invitation to Gov. Palin we’re going to look into your tax exempt status … that’s McCarthyism.”…
“I’m absolutely appalled at the behavior of the Democrats,” said Bob Kunst of Defenders.net. “I’m a Democrat and for the first time in my life I’m going to vote Republican. I can’t take it anymore.”
Obama votes 'Present' on new economic rescue plan for now | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles TimesObama votes 'Present' on new economic rescue plan for now
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Sen. Barack Obama today met with some of his many economic advisors and made an announcement that he was not going to make an announcement about any new plan to plan plans.
Obama did suggest a bipartisan effort to deal with the financial crisis wreaking havoc on Wall Street, always a good idea for any candidate after the primaries because it sounds good and costs nothing.
But Obama did not present any detailed proposal of his own for how to resolve the monetary situation that has roiled world markets in recent days.
Obama's inaction prompted Jay Leno in his opening monologue tonight on "The Tonight Show" to point out an essential presidential campaign unfairness, that Obama has criticized McCain's economic plan but the Republican can't respond because "nobody knows what it is yet."
After meeting with his top economic advisers, the Democratic presidential candidate said this was not the time to present specific details for how to fix the immediate problem, a reversal from what he had said a day earlier. Nor did he explain when a good time would be to explain such a rescue from the current financial crisis.
"Given the gravity of this situation," Obama said with gravity, "based on conversations I've had with both Secretary Paulson and Chairman Bernanke, I will refrain from presenting a....
...more detailed blueprint about how an immediate plan might be structured until I can fully review details of the plan proposed by the Treasury and Federal Reserve."
Friday, September 19, 2008
This from a guy under fire for tax troubles and is the head of the House Ways and Means Committee claims that he didn't know that rental income was taxable. Nitwit!
Jonathan Martin's Blog: Obama outraged at being accused of not supporting something he doesn't support - Politico.comObama outraged at being accused of not supporting something he doesn't support
Obama, on the trail in New Mexico, had this to say of McCain:
"And today he accused me of not supporting what the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank did with AIG despite no evidence whatsoever that that’s what I had said."
To recap, when I wrote earlier today that Obama supported the bailout, I quickly was instructed by his staff that this was not the case. He just didn't oppose it, I was told.
Now he's so adamant about not opposing the Fed's move that he's complaining about McCain's portrayal.
Where, I wonder, is the line between not opposing and, ya know, supporting.
The Corner on National Review OnlineWashington Post Faults McCain For Relying On...Washington Post [Byron York]
A number of journalists are trying hard to fit McCain's "Advice" ad into the now-established theme of the McCain campaign employing lies and underhanded tactics. The Obama campaign says the ad is a lie. Writers at Time and the Atlantic have suggested that it has racist overtones, because Franklin Raines is black, and Obama is black, and a photo depicting a generic victim of their alleged financial wrongheadedness is of a white woman.
Now, the Washington Post fact checker takes McCain to task for relying on…the Washington Post. Yes, the paper reported in July that Raines had "taken calls from Barack Obama's presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters," and in August called Raines a "member of Mr. Obama's political circle." But hey, the Post says now, that information originally came from the Style section, and it came when a Post reporter was "chatting" with Raines at a photo shoot. Raines apparently said he had gotten, in the reporter's words, "a couple" of calls from the Obama campaign. When the reporter asked what about, Raines said, "Oh, general housing, economy issues." So the reporter wrote that Raines had "taken calls from Barack Obama's presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters."
And they state that they didn't comply as if they were talking about some other AP. Are we suppose to stand up and cheer that the AP doesn't feel its necessary to help find the punks who broke into the Governors email?
Hackers break into Sarah Palin's e-mail account
Sep 17 09:11 PM US/Eastern
By TED BRIDIS
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hackers broke into the Yahoo! e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as Alaska's governor, revealing as evidence a few inconsequential personal messages she has received since John McCain selected her as his running mate.
"This is a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them," the McCain campaign said in a statement.
The Secret Service contacted The Associated Press on Wednesday and asked for copies of the leaked e-mails, which circulated widely on the Internet. The AP did not comply.
It doesn't matter because the super genius posted a little too much information about how he did it;
Memo to US Secret Service: Net proxy may pinpoint Palin email hackers
Not quite Anonymous
By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
Posted in Security, 18th September 2008 01:22 GMT
Memo to law enforcement investigators tracking down who broke into Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account: Gabriel Ramuglia might be a good place to start.
The 25-year-old webmaster and entrepreneur is the operator of Ctunnel.com, the browsing proxy service used by the group that hacked into the vice presidential candidate's personal email account and exposed its contents to the world. While he has yet to examine his logs, he says there's a good chance they will lead to those responsible, thanks to some carelessness on their part.
"Usually, this sort of thing would be hard to track down because it's Yahoo email, and a lot of people use my service for that," he told El Reg in a phone interview. "Since they were dumb enough to post a full screenshot that showed most of the [Ctunnel.com] URL, I should be able to find that in my log."
Ramuglia got into the proxy business a few years ago, after schools began blocking access to an online game site he used to co-own. Pretty soon, people began using the proxy service to access YouTube, Gmail, MySpace, and dozens of other sites that are routinely blocked by IT departments.
To prevent abuse of the service - such as the occasional bomb threat or other illegal act that's been known to happen - Ramuglia logs each user's IP address, along with the time and web destination. That often isn't enough to track down people who access extremely popular websites. But in this case, the perpetrators included a whole string of random-looking characters when posting screenshots of Palin's hacked account. That will probably be enough for him to pinpoint the proverbial needle in the haystack.
The information at the moment is on a server at a Chicago colocation site owned by FDC Servers. Logs are automatically flushed after seven days, so the clock is ticking for law enforcement, who presumably are under intense pressure to protect the privacy of a candidate for the White House. Of course, there's always the possibility that Ctunnel.com was only one of multiple anonymization services the email hackers used to cover their tracks, but there's only one way to find out.
Ramuglia said if he is contacted by law enforcement officials he will probably give them the information they seek. At time of writing, he's received no inquiries from any law enforcement agencies, he said.
The breach of Palin's account "is pretty clearly against my terms of service," he said. "As exciting as it is to be in the news, this is not the type of activity I can encourage by any means." ®
Thursday, September 18, 2008
State rep says son focus of Palin e-mail hacking rumors
News Sentinel staff and wire
Originally published 04:53 p.m., September 18, 2008
Updated 05:54 p.m., September 18, 2008
NASHVILLE - State Rep. Mike Kernell said today that he was aware of Internet rumors about his son being the subject of speculation that he accessed the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Asked whether he or his son, a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, had been contacted by authorities investigating the break-in of Palin's account, he responded:
As far as his 20-year-old son, David, he said: "I can't say. That doesn't mean he has or hasn't (been contacted by investigators)."
Kernell, D-Memphis, cited the father-son relationship.
He said he had talked to his son today, but that he talks to his son regularly.
He declined further comment.
Political Radar: Bill Clinton: McCain 'A Great Man'; Praises Wife's, Not Obama's Economic PlanBill Clinton: McCain 'A Great Man'; Praises Wife's, Not Obama's Economic Plan
September 18, 2008 6:33 PM
ABC News' Jennifer Parker reports: Former President Bill Clinton has largely kept himself out of the public eye since his wife lost the Democratic primary to Barack Obama.
However in a rare television interview tonight the former president called Republican presidential candidate John McCain "a great man" and praised GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as an "instinctively effective candidate."
On a day when Obama sought to convince voters that he's best able to handle the economic crisis, the former president said it was his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, who gave today "the most detailed position."
In an interview with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo, Clinton, who has tried to put to rest rumors of tensions between himself and Obama said, "I've never concealed my admiration and affection for Senator McCain. I think he's a great man.
"But, I think on the issues that matter to our future, the Obama-Biden team is, is more right," Clinton said of the Democratic ticket. "And I believe they're gonna win. But, I think that it will be competitive until the end."
A ringing endorsement it wasn't.
Palin Disinvited From Iran Rally After Clinton Pulls Out - America’s Election HQPalin Disinvited From Iran Rally After Clinton Pulls Out
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sarah Palin has been disinvited from a rally next week to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an event that Hillary Clinton pulled out of just a day earlier so as not to be seen alongside the Republican vice presidential candidate.
Organizers said they aren’t being partisan. They decided to bar all elected and federal officials from the rally on Monday in fear of a “media feeding frenzy.” The rally was specifically intended to protest Ahmadinejad’s presence at the United Nations.
“In order to keep the focus on Iranian threats and to ensure that this critical message not be obscured, the organizers of the rally have decided not to have any American political personalities appear,” the National Coalition to Stop Iran Now said in a statement Thursday.
Both Clinton and Palin initially had accepted invitations to join the rally, planned by several American Jewish groups. But Clinton’s aides objected after they learned early this week that Palin would also be part of the rally. One aide said they were concerned the event would become “partisan” and “political.”
McCain, who earlier attempted to coax Barack Obama into joining the rally in lieu of Clinon, said in a statement Thursday that Palin’s invitation was “withdrawn under pressure from Democratic partisans.”
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with Republicans, Democrats and independents alike to oppose Ahmadinejad’s goal of a nuclear armed Iran. Senator Obama’s campaign had the opportunity to join us. Senator Obama chose politics rather than the national interest,” he said.
Malcolm Hoenlein, CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told FOX News the decision to disinvite Palin had nothing to do with Clinton, but rather the unwanted media attention.
“Regrettably the focus of the rally has been obfuscated by media feeding frenzy in recent days,” he said. “The decision was made for variety of reasons, and many ethnic and religious leaders and dignitaries from the U.S. and abroad will still be speaking.”
The Markets Overrule My Skepticism on RTC 2.0
The markets disagree with my assessment of RTC 2.0, to the tune of more than 400 points in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
All of this comes from a CNBC report that Treasury Secretary Paulson is going to sign off on a proposal for an RTC-like entity, one that John McCain was calling for a few hours ago. All of this conspires to make the GOP nominee look pretty smart.Two days ago, Obama said the proposal was "premature." Smart guy that I am, I was urging the candidates to say, "no."
Hacker impersonated Palin, stole e-mail password
Hacker impersonated Palin, stole e-mail password
Sep 18 03:25 PM US/Eastern
By TED BRIDIS
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Details emerged Thursday behind the break-in of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's e-mail account, including a first-hand account suggesting it was vulnerable because a hacker was able to impersonate her online to obtain her password.
The hacker guessed that Alaska's governor had met her husband in high school, and knew Palin's date of birth and home Zip code. Using those details, the hacker tricked Yahoo Inc.'s service into assigning a new password, "popcorn," for Palin's e-mail account, according to a chronology of the crime published on the Web site where the hacking was first revealed.
The FBI and Secret Service launched a formal investigation Wednesday. Yahoo declined to comment Thursday on details of the investigation, citing Palin's privacy and the sensitivity of such investigations.
The person who claimed responsibility for the break-in did not respond Thursday to an e-mail inquiry from The Associated Press.
"i am the lurker who did it, and i would like to tell the story," the person wrote in the account, which circulated on the Internet. What started as a prank was cut short because of panic over the possibility the FBI might investigate, the hacker wrote.
Biden told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that, in his words,
“it’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the
deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”
MOVE OVER, OLBERMANN, RACHEL MADDOW TOPS MSNBC RATINGS!
[AND SHE BEATS LARRY KING, TOO]
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
“Race — that’s the only reason people in the Valley won’t vote for him,” said state Rep. Thomas Letson of Warren, D-64th, about Barack Obama, his party’s presidential nominee. “There are 1,000 reasons to vote for Obama and one reason why you won’t — race.”
Program snagging more illegal immigrants than expected
Raleigh, N.C. — Since
early July, 435 illegal immigrants have been identified in the Wake County Jail under a federal program designed to help local law enforcement authorities get a better handle on immigrants charged with crimes.
The numbers are higher than many federal officials predicted, but Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said he wasn't surprised to find illegal immigrants comprise 15 to 20 percent of his daily jail population. About 1,500 inmates are in the jail on an average day.
County detention officers began participating in the federal 287-G program three months ago.The program trains local officers to determine the immigration status of people charged with crimes and begin the process to deport those people found to be in the U.S. illegally.
Katie Couric: What one personal flaw do you think might hinder your ability to be president?
Sen. Barack Obama: I don't think ... there's a flaw that
would hinder my ability ... to function as president. I think that all
of us have things we need to improve.
Sen. John McCain: You know I'm not an objective observer. I
think that would have to be to make sure that I don't make any
decisions that are not fully informed by every source of information
that's credible I can possibly get.
ABC News: Palin Meets the 'Pre-Ticketed'
Palin Meets the 'Pre-Ticketed'
McCain-Palin to Take Questions in Michigan
By TEDDY DAVIS and RIGEL ANDERSON
September 16, 2008
Sarah Palin is set to meet the "pre-ticketed" at 7:00 pm ET on Wednesday when she and John McCain hold their first joint town-hall meeting.
So its refreshing to see someone finally stand up to O'Reilly's nonsense on gas and oil prices;
The day before the Democratic National Convention Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went on Meet the Press and told Tom Brokaw:
I’m, I’m, I’m investing in something I believe in. I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels. … These investments in wind, in solar and biofuels and focus on natural gas, these are the real alternatives.
As we pointed out at the time, natural gas is not an alternative to fossil fuels … it is a fossil fuel. And as the “Energy Kids Page” of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) explains, it is a fossil fuel that needs to be drilled for.
One would hope that Pelosi had studied up on the issue since then, but her comments after the House passed a bill codifying the ban on most of the Outer Continental Shelf shows she still does not. Pelosi told The Washington Post: “We’re not trying to give incentives to drill, we’re giving incentives to invest in renewables and natural gas that will take us where we need to go.”
Again, where does Pelosi think natural gas comes from? If the government is “giving incentives” to natural gas, it is giving incentives to drill. That is how we get natural gas.
Iran rally gets complicated
from an anti-Iran rally in New York, organized by Jewish groups, has
put the organizers -- who were aiming for a non-partisan, bi-partisan,
event -- in a tough spot, a person familiar with the talks now says.
Sarah Palin's appearance there -- part of a push to shore up her
national security credentials, and to reassure Jewish voters about her
-- may now be in doubt.
There's a "major push to disinvite Palin, if Obama/Biden don't attend," the source says.
Meanwhile, McCain-Palin puts pressure on the Democrats to attend.
"Governor Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater
than party or politics. She hopes that all parties can rally together
in opposition to this grave threat," says spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt.
Why is this man allowed to continue lying and misleading his dozens of views about Gov. Sarah Palin. In Keith's world when you triple funding for special needs children instead of quadrupling it that is called "gutting" funding. The Association of Alaska School Boards director Carl Rose called it a "historic event".
How can he cut taxes for 95% of Americans when 33% of Americans DON'T PAY TAXES at all! Can someone in the media please grow a pair and ask this question?
How can he cut taxes for 95% of Americans when 33% of Americans DON'T PAY TAXES at all! Can someone in the media please grow a pair and ask this question?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
When Obama's campaign was asked by ABC News to explain what kind of
sex education Obama considers "age appropriate" for kindergarteners,
the Obama campaign pointed to an Oct. 6, 2004 story from the Daily
Herald in which Obama had "moved to clarify" in his Senate campaign
that he "does not support teaching explicit sex education to children
in kindergarten. . . The legislation in question was a state Senate
measure last year that aimed to update Illinois' sex education
standards with 'medically accurate' information . . . 'Nobody's
suggesting that kindergartners are going to be getting information
about sex in the way that we think about it,' Obama said. 'If they ask
a teacher 'where do babies come from,' that providing information that
the fact is that it's not a stork is probably not an unhealthy thing.
Although again, that's going to be determined on a case by case basis
by local communities and local school boards.'"
In addition to local schools informing kindergarteners that babies
do not come from the stork, the state legislation Obama supported in
Illinois, which contained an "opt out" provision for parents, also
envisioned teaching kindergarteners about "inappropriate touching,"
according to Obama's presidential campaign. Despite Obama's support,
the legislation was not enacted.
Pelosi orders wide Wall Street probe - Mike Allen - Politico.com
Pelosi orders wide Wall Street probe
By MIKE ALLEN | 9/16/08 6:51 PM EDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered a broad, swift investigation of Wall Street and will demand testimony from Bush administration officials and captains of finance, congressional officials said.
House Democrats plan to aggressively look at the administration’s role in the meltdown over the weekend and to explore further regulation and government structures that would be taken up under the new president.
Republican aides accused Democrats of trying to shift blame with a series of “show trials,” but acknowledged that key officials will wind up cooperating.
- Taking credit for the first stimulus package? Check
- Obama takes more money from Fannie and Freddie than anyone but the chairman of the committee? Check
- Former CEO of Fannie head of Obama's VP search? Check
- On the side of the people, the ones that can pay $28,500 a plate fundraiser? Check
In Golden, Colo., today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., took credit for the stimulus package that passed earlier this year.
"In January, I outlined a plan to help revive our faltering economy," Obama said, "which formed the basis for a bipartisan stimulus package that passed the Congress."
Is that true?
Democrats on Capitol Hill who support Obama say no.
Wanting Obama to win, however, none will say so on the record.
He likes taking credit for things he had nothing to do with...remember he said he was on the Banking Committee, you know, the one he is not a member of?
"You look at Obama's economic advisers, the guys he has counted on from day one and who have raised him a ton - and I mean a ton - of money: Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson, both of them are waist to neck deep in the mortgage debacle."
Both Raines and Johnson have served as CEO of Fannie Mae, with Raines taking over from Johnson. Both are key political and economic advisers to Obama.
"How can Obama go out with a straight face and say it was Republicans who made this mess, when it is his key advisers who ran the agencies that made the big mess what it is?" says a Democrat House member who supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. "It's his people who are responsible for what may well be the single largest government bailout in history. And every single one of them made millions off the collapse that are lining Obama's campaign coffers. If the McCain campaign lets this one go, they deserve to lose."
Rangel won't step down from tax-writing post
Sep 16 02:05 PM US/Eastern
By DEVLIN BARRETT
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Charles Rangel will not step down as chairman of a powerful tax-writing committee as he undergoes an ethics investigation by fellow lawmakers, his lawyer said Tuesday.
So whats the big surprise? Name a recent Dem who got into trouble and either stepped down or was removed.
Nancy Pelosi and the most ethical Congress ever!
Candy Crowley: "..along comes this horrific headline out of Wall Street...I mean, this is what they wanted."
GOP gets no love from musicians
Cease-and-desist letters from musicians have rained down like confetti on Republicans over the years. But nothing compares to the virtual commune full of left-leaning artists who are mad at John McCain right now, though, in most cases, they have no legal basis to stop him from using their songs.
Ok...for starters its called wolf control. The killing of wolves either via the air or the more traditional ways saves moose and caribou which is the intent. And also Alaskans rely on deer, moose, caribou and other wildlife for food.
These dumb asses would rather have you believe that Palin is hanging out the side of the helicopter screaming in hysterical joy while she slaughters these poor defenseless wolves. And isn't that really the point anyway.
The contest between Barack Obama and John McCain in New Jersey is too close to call, with a new Quinnipiac University poll showing the battle for the state’s fifteen electoral votes at 48%-45% among likely voters. Obama led McCain by ten percentage points, 51%-41% in an August Quinnipiac poll.
This is the fourth independent poll within the last week to show New Jersey as an emerging battleground state in the presidential campaign. A Monmouth University/New Jersey poll released this morning shows Obama leading by 8 points, and a Marist College poll released Friday night had identical numbers to Quinnipiac, 48%-45%. A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll from last week had Obama up by six points. …
In New Jersey, Obama has a 56%-34% favorable rating, while McCain is at 56%-35%. GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is at 42%-32%, while Joe Biden, the Democratic VP candidate, is at 48%-25%. Nearly six out of ten New Jersey voters (58%) say McCain’s choice of Palin was a good one, while 59% say Obama made a good pick in Biden.
“In addition to the Palin bounce, Republicans seem to be scoring points with their attacks on the Obama tax plan,” Richards said.
Streisand to Perform at Hollywood Fundraiser for Obama
by Associated Press
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
DENVER (AP) — How does Barack Obama lure wealthy donors to a big-money fundraiser in Hollywood? Bring in Barbra Streisand as the headline performer.
The Oscar-winning singer and actress was to perform Tuesday night on Obama’s behalf in Beverly Hills. It was to be a two-step evening with a reception and dinner costing $28,500 a person followed by a later event featuring Streisand at $2,500 a ticket.
And lets not forget why he is able to rake in this kind of cash;
Obama is financing his presidential race with private contributions after abandoning a pledge to take public financing capped at $84 million. His campaign announced Sunday it had collected $66 million in August, a fundraising record for any presidential candidate in a monthlong period.
Of course the $66 million in August amounts to only about an $11 million gain according to Hot Air.com
In the New York Post, conservative Iranian-born columnist Amir Taheri quoted Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari as saying the Democrat made the demand when he visited Baghdad in July, while publicly demanding an early withdrawal.
“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview, according to Taheri.
“However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open,” Zebari reportedly said. …
Obama’s national security spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said Taheri’s article bore “as much resemblance to the truth as a McCain campaign commercial.”
In fact, Obama had told the Iraqis that they should not rush through a “Strategic Framework Agreement” governing the future of US forces until after President George W. Bush leaves office, she said.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Self-proclaimed "hockey mom" Sarah Palin had a private tanning bed installed in the Governor's Mansion in Juneau, Alaska, Usmagazine.com confirmed on Monday.
"She did. She paid for it with her own money," Roger Wetherell,
chief communications officer of Alaska's Department of Transportation
and Public Facilities told Us.
Bloomberg agrees with McCain: Economy 'fundamentally ... strong'
I just now asked the New York mayor, a former Wall Street hand who's been in the mix in the current crisis, whether he agrees with McCain that the fundamentals of the American economy are strong.
"I do agree that fundamentally America has an economy that is strong," he said. "America’s great strength is its diversity, its hard work, its good financial statements, its broad capital markets,its enormous natural resources" and its work ethic, he said at an afternoon press conference devoted to reassuring New Yorkers that the city's finances and its economy are intact.
"I'd rather play America's hand than any other country," he said. "Without problems? No."
Intolerance thrives in Palin's Pacific Northwest
Catherine McNicol Stock is chair of the history department at Connecticut College and author of "Rural Radicals: Righteous Rage in the American Grain"
Despite her efforts to portray herself as an average, small-town, "folksy" American, Sarah Palin's political views - ardently pro-gun, pro-censorship, antichoice and antigay - make John McCain's conservative credentials pale in comparison. What few observers have said, however, is these beliefs are not just extreme - they are radical, and even bear a comparison with some of the most notorious "rural radicals" of our time.
It has been years since groups such as the Montana Militia, the Posse Comitatus and the Sagebrush Rebels, and individuals such as Terry Nichols and Ted Kaczynski have made us wonder why so many "angry white men" populated our rural regions. Many of us have forgotten the threat once posed by domestic terrorists and instead have turned our attention to foreign terrorists. But we should never forget that in the late 20th century, ultra-Christian, antistatist and white-supremacist groups flourished in the states of the Pacific Northwest - called by many the "Great White Northwest" - the very region that Sarah Palin and her family call home
Ok...so because the Palin's come from the Pacific Northwest they are of course very dangerous and on the same level as the Una-bomber, the Oklahoma City bombers and other radical groups.
There is no evidence that Palin was ever affiliated with white-supremacist groups during her years in Idaho or at home in Alaska. On the other hand, the beliefs of ultraconservative, evangelical churches like her family's come dangerously close to those of the Christian Identity movement of those years. Likewise, Palin's husband was a member of a political party whose members favored secession for Alaska, suggesting an affiliation with radical antistatism.
"Unhinged" word be the word I would use to describe Ms. Stock. Another would be "nuts."
Ace has a few relatively cool and calm comments about this wack-a-doo who penned this awesomely awesome pile of crap...
Since the Delaware senator left Obama's side and ventured out on his own on Labor Day, he has hardly garnered any national media interest at all.
His plane, a blue chartered 737, now crosses the country with about three-quarters of its seats empty, rows and rows with nary a warm body to be found.
Biden's supporters maintain that he is connecting with voters and garnering positive media interest on a local level. They also say that Biden is a "governing" pick, not a "political" pick, unlike Palin. That is, Biden will actually be able to help Obama govern; he's not just a cynical selection to help his boss win the election.
Either way, as Air Joe flew from Wilmington to Charlotte Sunday, the only reporters onboard were off-air reporters from the five television networks and correspondents from NBC and Politico. There was only one camera crew. The back of the plane, reserved for press, sat totally deserted.
The New York Times? Gone. The Washington Post? Not seen since the first days of September. The otherwise ubiquitous Associated Press? Left even before that.
With all the talk of how Sarah Palin would do without John McCain by her side, no one appears to have noticed that no one is on Joe Biden's side.
When telling the story of how his granddaughters had a slumber party with Barack Obama’s daughters during the week of the Democratic National Convention, Biden equated it to what he says Americans want.
“I believe that's a metaphor, a metaphor for what the country is looking for. They're looking for a sleepover with people they like!”
OBAMA TRIED TO STALL GIS' IRAQ WITHDRAWAL
Last updated: 4:10 am
September 15, 2008
Posted: 4:02 am
September 15, 2008
WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.
According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.
"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.
Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."
"However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open." Zebari says.
Though Obama claims the US presence is "illegal," he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the "weakened Bush administration," Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.
While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.
Obama has made many contradictory statements with regard to Iraq. His latest position is that US combat troops should be out by 2010. Yet his effort to delay an agreement would make that withdrawal deadline impossible to meet.
Supposing he wins, Obama's administration wouldn't be fully operational before February - and naming a new ambassador to Baghdad and forming a new negotiation team might take longer still.
By then, Iraq will be in the throes of its own campaign season. Judging by the past two elections, forming a new coalition government may then take three months. So the Iraqi negotiating team might not be in place until next June.
Then, judging by how long the current talks have taken, restarting the process from scratch would leave the two sides needing at least six months to come up with a draft accord. That puts us at May 2010 for when the draft might be submitted to the Iraqi parliament - which might well need another six months to pass it into law.